Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Hop Wilson - Blues with Firends At Goldband

Houston blues legend Hop Wilson was born Hardin Wilson on April 27, 1927 in Crockett, Texas. He learned how to play guitar and harmonica as a child. He was nicknamed "Harp" at an early age for his frequent harmonica playing. Over time "Harp" became "Hop." When he was 18 years old, he received his first steel guitar and began playing at local juke joints and nightclubs. Hop served in the US Army during WWII. After his discharge from the Army, he decided to pursue a career as a blues musician, performing with Ivory Lee Semien's group in the late '50s. Wilson and Semien recorded a number of sides for Goldband Records in 1957. Wilson's unique style of slide guitar-playing on an eight-string table steel guitar has been a key influence on a number of blues guitarists, including Johnny Winter and Jimmy Vaughan.
These are the original trio sides with King Ivory Lee Semiens on drums and Ice Water Jones on string bass. Unfortunately, some of the tracks on this vinyl issue have electric bass and/or piano overdubbed to make them stereo recordings.

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Johnny "Big Moose" Walker - Rambling Woman

Johnny ‘Big Moose’ Walker, a big guy from Mississippi who left us in November 1999, at the age of 72, was part of the first blues generation, sharing this legacy with John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Earl Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James, Otis Rush, Big Mama Thornton and few others. This wondrous keyboard player and singer dedicated three decades of his artistic life to the Chicago blues scene, but his best memories were those originated down south.
He was born in Stoneville, near Greenville, MS, and as a boy learned to play the organ in the local church, like his father before him. The young Johnny Walker played in Cleanhead Love’s band, with the Memphis-based bass player Tuff Green, then toured with Elmore James and Sonny Boy Williamson before serving in the U.S. Army in Korea 1953-55. On his return, Mr. Walker appeared in the West Coast to work with Lowell Fulson, then joined Ike Turner in Greenville.
Earl Hooker, Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) and Johnny Littlejohn helped him enter the Chicago circle of the ‘60s, and there was not a better place and time for a bluesman. He connected with the pianists Sunnyland Slim and Johnny Jones and played bass with Otis Rush and Muddy Waters. Big Moose was featured on the Earl Hooker’s 1969 Bluesway album Don't Have To Worry. Bluesway producer Ed Michel was thrilled by Walker’s style, so much so to include him on his own album, Rambling Woman. Subsequently, Big Moose took part in the recording of If You Miss 'Im, I Got 'Im with John Lee Hooker and Earl Hooker.
In the 1970s and '80s Moose played with the guitarists Jimmy Dawkins, Mighty Joe Young, Son Seals and, of course, Johnny Littlejohn, with whom he shared fifty years of history since their childhood in Mississippi. That was the period when Walker settled in Montreal, playing and living the party life of his, as comfortably as he did on the Chicago South Side. He became a well-known and beloved character of the Montreal music scene that still echoes his favorite Blueberry Hill.

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Tabby Thomas - Hoodoo Party

LP gathering alternate takes and unreleased tracks from the mid 50's to mid 60's from Tabby. Just shows us how much excellent music went unreleased at the time.
Hoodoo Party is not on this LP.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Visitors requests....maybe you can help out

You can leave requests, comments  and replies in the usual way and after moderation they will appear below.
Please do not request new or easy to find CD's as they will not be posted here.


5th of February: Gerard Herzhaft -Willie Walker - Same on Haute 1108 (CD)

5th of February: Tom Thumb -Someone out there owning those old Negro Art / Highway 51 LPs?
I'm looking for
Big Son Tillis: Dayton Stomp/My baby WroteMe (Negro Art 368)
Jesse James:Forgive Me Blues/ Corinna's Boogie (Highway 51 # 101).
I wouldn't mind both of these either.

9th of February: Jeff Harris - Memphis Sessions 1956—1961 on Wolf

23rd of February: Anonymous -Memphis Slim - Live in France 1963
Memphis Slim - Jamboree Jump, Black And Blue ‎– 33551
 this is a reissue of Memphis Slim w Matt Murphy: Jamboree Jump
same tracks on this album En Public (Black & Blue 33.002, Recorded March 1963 at Grand Théatre Limoges ):
Thank you Kempen for sharing.

30th March: Justine -  Chess Blues vol. 1-5, LP series from 80's

30th March: John - John Brim & Little Hudson P-vine Lp
Flyright LP is available on the blog

8th April: Anonymous - Stash LP 'Jake Walk Blues' 

10th of April: Kurt Kricz,
Southern Comfort Country - Flyright 501
Tarheel Stomp - Flyright LP 511
And on some other labels:
The Blues - vol. 4 - big bear
Piano Blues Legends - jsp 1056
Old Country Blues (Flyright LP 537)

11th April: Paul James Broussard:
little joe blue on p-vine label with 4 bonus tracks - japan
t black and the zydeco machine - funky trailride lp

15th April: Abe - Magic Slim & The Teardrops - The Zoo Bar Collection Vol 1

17th April; Billy Boy - Billy Boy Arnold -  side of cool 45 "I ain't got no money ?
Has this ever been re-released??

22nd April: Gerard Herzhaft -Joe Liggins' title Ham-bone boogie (Exclusive 151X). Very hard to hear rare instrumental.

1st May: Pablovski - VA -Is Blues As Big As Texas ( Home cooking)

Toru Oki Blues Band - Featuring Albert King

Toru Oki is a Japanese blues singer who was active in the '70s and early '80s. The Bluesman was well-known in Japan.
Toru Oki Blues Band featuring Albert King was a special released on CBS/SONY label in 1981. It includes the hit song "You Really Got A Hold On Me".
"You Really Got a Hold on Me" is a song written by Smokey Robinson which became a 1962 Top-10 hit single for the Miracles on the Tamla (Motown) label.
This million-selling song received a 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
It has also been selected as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
It was covered by Toru Oki Blues Band in this LP on Side-B.
Toru Oki dedicated the song track "I Got A Mind To Give Up Living" for Michael Bloomfield (1943-1981) who passed away the same year the album was released.
As expected, Albert King guitar performance is exquisite.
Above taken from the accompanying text.
A big thank you to Bob Mac for finding it for us and for Flying Vee for requesting it.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Mercy Dee - G.I. Fever

Mercy Dee Walton was born in Waco, Texas on August 30, 1915. His parents worked on farms in the bottomlands of the Brazos River, and Mercy Dee was destined for a similar life when at the age of thirteen he began to learn to play the piano, inspired by the music he heard at local house parties. The greatest influence on him was the unrecorded Delois Maxey, but other (equally unrecorded) Texas pianists also made some contribution: Son Brewster from Waco, Pinetop Shorty, Willy Woodson, Sonny Vee and "Big Hand" Joe Thomas in Fort Worth, Son Putney in Dallas, and Bob Jackson in Marlin—all little more than names now—and the Grey Ghost who emerged from obscurity only after Mercy Dee's death to make several noteworthy recordings.
In the late 1930's Mercy Dee moved to California, where he worked on farms up and down the Central Valley while performing in local bars and clubs for the region's black farmworkers. In 1949 he recorded for the Fresno-based Spire label and had an immediate hit with "Lonesome Cabin Blues," which reached Number 7 on the R&B charts. This success attracted the attention of the larger Los Angeles–based Imperial label, which signed him and recorded two sessions of twelve titles in 1950. By 1952 he was recording for Specialty, another Los Angeles label. His first track for them, "One Room Country Shack," was a hit in 1953, reaching Number 8 on the R&B charts.Mercy Dee's chart success led made him a nationally-known artist, and he worked with various package shows touring the country. But his two other Specialty issues were less successful and he was dropped by the label. A recording for the small Rhythm label in 1954 had little impact, but in 1955 he recorded for the Flair label, part of the Modern Records stable in Los Angeles. These recordings were much more in the R&B style but did nothing to restore Walton's career. He returned to his earlier situation of supplementing his earnings from music with agricultural work and settled in the Stockton, California, area.
In 1961 Mercy Dee came to the attention of Chris Strachwitz, owner of the Arhoolie label. A series of sessions that year with sympathetic backing by guitarist K. C. Douglas, harmonica player Sidney Maiden, and drummer Otis Cherry produced albums on the Arhoolie and Bluesville labels. Soon afterwards Walton suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died in hospital in Murphys, California, on December 2, 1962. Text from

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Neal Pattman - Lightnin' Twist

One of Neal Pattman's tricks on harmonica was to break up his playing with wild whoops and cries, in the style of his famous predecessor Sonny Terry. Pattman, who has died aged 79, did in fact come from Terry's old neighbourhood of Washington County, Georgia.
He grew up on a farm, one of 14 children; he lost his right arm in an accident with a wagon wheel at the age of seven. As a teenager, he played music for cash on the streets of Athens, Georgia. As he told the English journalist and photographer Val Wilmer in 1978: "I couldn't get jobs like other people, but I started playing the harp and got to making lots of money with it. "
By the time he was in his 20s, he was married with a family. So he took a job in the kitchens on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. But he did not stop playing music. "It really helped me out earning my living," said Pattman of these years. "Any time I felt like going, I can make a hundred and some dollars a week blowin' my harp."
In 1989, he was invited to New York City to play at the Lincoln Center for the perfoming arts and, as a result of that engagement, began to be booked at festivals.
A couple of years later, he met Timothy Duffy, who was the moving spirit behind the Music Maker Relief Foundation. This is a North Carolina-based organisation that supports folk musicians, and Pattman then begin to play with other artists associated with the Foundation, such as the singer-guitarists Guitar Gabriel and Cootie Stark.
Pattman and Stark became a team and went on a 48-city Blues Revival tour with Taj Mahal. For Duffy, Pattman was a man who understood what the Foundation was about, and he was "a joy to be around", whether they were spending an afternoon with Lou Reed, jamming with Lee Konitz or meeting fans.
Pattman visited Britain in 1995, and his engagement at London's 100 Club, accompanied by his friend Gary Erwin on piano and the English guitarist Dave Peabody, was preserved on the CD Live In London. Peabody also played with Pattman on the older musician's home ground, even doing the rounds of small black clubs in Georgia and South Carolina.
Pattman's only other album, Prison Blues, made in 1998 for Duffy's Music Maker label, is a fascinating set of harmonica tunes, old-school blues and even a disco twist. In 2004 Pattman and Stark (who died this April), made their last trip together to the Music Maker Relief Foundation, now based in Hillsborough, North Carolina, to play with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, a singer and guitarist two generations their junior. Their work can be heard on Shepherd's forthcoming album 10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads, and they appear in the accompanying DVD.
Neal Pattman, blues musician, born January 10 1926; died May 4 2005. (The Guardian)
 Original cassette rip that was later re-released as a CD on High John.

Thanks to KansasJoe for this one.
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Eddie "Guitar" Burns - Treat Me Like I Treat You

Detroit boasted a vibrant blues scene during the postwar era, headed by John Lee Hooker and prominently featuring Eddie Burns, who hit the Motor City in 1948 and musically flourished there. While still in Mississippi, Burns picked up his early blues training from the 78s of Sonny Boy Williamson, Tommy McClennan, and Big Bill Broonzy. When he hit Detroit, Burns was exclusively a harp player. He cut "Notoriety Woman," his first single for Holiday in 1948, with partner John T. Smith on guitar. Burns added guitar to his personal arsenal the next year, cutting sessions with Hooker. Burns' own discography was slim but select -- he cut singles for DeLuxe in 1952 ("Hello Miss Jessie Lee"), Checker in 1954 ("Biscuit Baking Mama"), JVB, and Chess in 1957 ("Treat Me Like I Treat You"). In 1961, Burns waxed the slashing "Orange Driver" and several more R&B-slanted sides for Harvey Fuqua's Harvey Records.
Later, Burns made a fine album for Blue Suit Records, Detroit, that showed his versatility on two instruments to good advantage. Incidentally, blues talent runs in the Burns family: brother Jimmy is a blues-soul performer based in Chicago, with his own impressive discography stretching back to the '60s. 
With everything dubbed from vinyl onto vinyl, the sound quality on this LP won't be top-notch--but as it contains Burns's rough-edged 1948-1965 Detroit blues and boogies, it's the best cross-section of his early work compiled thus far. The guitarist/harpist's first few singles were marvelously raw affairs -- "Treat Me like I Treat You" and "Biscuit Baking Mama" drip Hastings Street ambience -- while Burns's 1961 sides for Harvey Fuqua's Harvey logo -- "Messin' with My Bread," "Orange Driver" -- are driving R&B.

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Eddie Boyd - Brotherhood

Eddie Boyd moved to the Beale Street district of Memphis, Tennessee in 1936 where he played piano and guitar with his group, the Dixie Rhythm Boys. Boyd followed the great migration northward to the factories of Chicago, Illinois in 1941.
He wrote and recorded the hit songs "Five Long Years" (1952), "24 Hours" (1953), and the "Third Degree" (co-written by Willie Dixon, also 1953). Boyd toured Europe with Buddy Guy's band in 1965 as part of the American Folk Blues Festival. He later toured and recorded with Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.
Tired of the racial discrimination he experienced in the United States, he first moved to Belgium[1] where he recorded with the Dutch band, Cuby and the Blizzards. He settled in Finland in 1970, where he recorded ten blues records, the first being Praise to Helsinki (1970). He married his wife, Leila, in 1977. His last blues concert took place in 1984. After that he performed only gospel music.
Boyd died in 1994 in Helsinki, Finland, just a few months before Eric Clapton released the chart-topping blues album, From the Cradle that included Boyd's "Five Long Years" and "Third Degree". Wikipedia
This is one of his Finnish lp's from 1975. Tracks cover the period 1952-1974.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Willie Cobbs - Mr. C's Blues In The Groove!

Willie Cobbs is probably best known for his classic song "You Don't Love Me". His recording career has spanned five decades and the list of people he has performed with reads like a who's who of Blues.
After years of harmonica work and recording 45's under one label name after another Willie gave up the studio for the club scene for a while. Willie became a club owner; running the Blue Flame in Stuttgart, Arkansas and later opening Turning Point in Itta Bena, Mississippi. In 1978 he relocated to Greenwood, Mississippi and opened Mr. C's Bar-B-Que.
In 1986 he teamed up with Jim O'Neal of Rooster Blues and put together a cassette of his 45 releases on Wilco. Then in 1994 he did his first CD "Down To Earth" on Rooster Blues performing with Rawls and Luckett.

Very rare Japanese only LP released in 1986 collecting various singles from 1962 - 1984. Many thanks to Rugbymaxi for sharing this LP.